Unlocking in-vehicle data could improve UK road safety
Connected vehicle data has the potential to end the scourge of potholes, improve driver behavior, and reduce the impact of incidents on UK roads, according to the Connected Places Catapult (CPC). The CPC conducted a stakeholder workshop seeking to understand what challenges would need to be overcome to unlock the value of this data in the UK.
The research follows a report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) stating that in 2019, 71% of new vehicles registered in the UK were connected, reaching 100% by 2026—creating a rich data stream which will enable further innovation in the sector.
The CPC identified challenges including improving public and business trust in data sharing, lack of awareness of existing standards, and technology maturity levels. A key theme highlighted throughout the research was the need for a more strategic approach across the sector, which brings together isolated and uncoordinated development activities and joins existing information.
Industry leaders who took part in the research called for a number of activities to be launched in the UK before 2025 to address these challenges. These included tasks around skill development, technology development, identification of business benefits, and updating regulation.
“There is a market need to pull data and insights together and increase knowledge-sharing across the connected vehicle sector, rather than it be stored in disparate locations,” says Henry Tse, CPC Director of New Mobility Technologies. “Doing this will unlock a host of benefits which could improve road safety for users, unlock economic benefits through a more efficient transport system, and create innovative new businesses and services. We are now recommending the establishment of a consortium which can support and guide the activities and projects in this area, create a clear industry vision, and accelerate the value the UK gets from this data in the new decade.”
“In-vehicle data offers a host of potential benefits to UK consumers,” says Iain Forbes, Head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. “This roadmap is a useful contribution to the essential work on how this data could be used to unlock exciting new services in a safe and sustainable way.”
It is important to note that the key benefits identified with in-vehicle data are driver behavior monitoring, road condition monitoring, predictive maintenance, supporting MaaS journey platforms, and identifying "abnormal" traffic behavior.
The key risks identified are no agreements on standards for safety data, commercial models limit consumer choice or impact pricing, detrimental impact on aftermarket competition, scale of data is too big to handle / process, and hacking of vehicle controls.
The workshop attendees identified 12 barriers to the exploitation:
- Competition between organizations
- High equipment and testing costs
- Difficulty accessing complete data sets
- Lack of awareness of standards
- Local authorities have limited resources
- Missing business case/evidence
- Lack of public trust
- Politically challenging to implement
- Reduced convenience to travelers
- Unwillingness of organizations to share data
- Vehicle data ownership
- Vehicle sensing capability
For more information, visit https://cp.catapult.org.uk.